My Straw Bale Consulting Services

Andrew Morrison straw bale teacherI have had more and more people ask me recently if I would review their construction drawings, or if I am available as a consultant for them during the construction of their home, and several other requests. The answer is yes. I am available for all kinds of straw baleĀ consulting work and have simply remained somewhat quiet about it over the years. I really enjoy consulting with owner builders as I get to meet a lot of wonderful people and I get to share the expertise I have collected over the years.

I offer all kids of services from the very basic, one time consult to full project consulting. Some examples of recent jobs I have completed are as follows:

1. General consulting about straw bale home applicability in specific regions.
2. Initial plan review for basic layout and function.
3. Construction Drawing review with full blown inspection for all straw bale aspects and design considerations.
4. Project consulting with building department intervention and assistance.
5. Monthly consulting for homes under construction.
6. Package consulting covering the entire scope of the job from start to finish.

I offer straw bale consulting in a number of different options.

1. By the hour with a minimum of 2 hours on each job.
2. Project Packages. These packages allow you access to me on an on going basis over a period of:
a. One month
b. Three months
c. Six months
d. One year

The one year straw bale consulting package is the most economical way to go if you are actually building a home because a full year of my consulting helps you walk through the design and construction phases with an expert at your side. I have had very good results with my past clients. Here’s what some had to say.

I wish I had brought Andrew on earlier in the process. Once he got on board, things smoothed out tremendously.
Eric G. -Oregon

The help I got from Andrew was great. What started as a simple plan review ended up saving me thousands of dollars in the long run. The number of mistakes on my plans was crazy, even though I had an architect do the drawings.
Sarah P. -California

I worked with Andrew during the construction of my home. I acted as my own contractor. The support I received from him was priceless. His technical knowledge of straw bale construction was why I decided to work with him, but I really feel like the personal support he offered me throughout the process was what helped me succeed in building my own house.
Janet F. -Arizona

4 Responses to My Straw Bale Consulting Services

  1. Jane Evanson Tue, August 6, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    I just moved to Glenwood Springs,CO- about 40 miles from Aspen, and purchased a strawbale home 7000ft up in the Rocky Mountains. I had an inspection done, but would like a consult with Andrew so I know exactly what I need to fix and he proper way to do this. it could be a 4 to 8 hour job including review of the building plans. The previous owners built the home in 2005. please let me know if you can come out before winter sets in! I of course will pay your airfare, hotel and other charges. Thank you, Jane Evanson 970-945-5339.

  2. Tiara Aponte Wed, December 9, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Hi,

    I manage a student housing in Cambridge, Ontario that was recently bought by my boss and needs some renovation. It was built in 2008 by a co-op.

    I have two questions that I need help with. How much do you charge per hour?

    1. We need to install a range hood. Can we make a hole in the straw bale and pass the duct through or do we need to insulate somehow the duct?

    2. If the interior side of the straw walls were painted with regular paint, is this a problem and if so, how do we fix it?

    Thank you,
    Tiara Aponte

  3. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Wed, December 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Hi Tiara. Thanks for your message. I am happy to answer these questions without any charge. If you want to discuss further details of the project and require help with that, please let me know by emailing me directly at Andrew@StrawBale.com. My answers are below.

    1. You can cut through the bale wall to install the vent. I suggest you cut a large enough hole to allow you to insert a frame that can then be insulated to isolate the vent from the straw while maintaining the insulation value of the wall. This will stop any condensation from impacting the bales.

    2. Paint can be fine on the interior; however, I would not want any on the exterior unless it is a silicate paint that allows the walls to breathe.

  4. Tiara Aponte Wed, December 9, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    Andrew, thank you so much. I will let our contractor know.

    Tiara

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